Imagine

What if you woke up one morning and decided to view the world through different filters, how different would your life be?

Imagine experiencing a major disappointment as number 1 ranking tennis player Ash Barty did after losing at Wimbledon and saying, “Today wasn’t my day it isn’t the end of the world”.

Imagine the world is conspiring to support you to live your dreams as Louise Hay did, she went on to build Hay House.

Imagine questioning if your perception is accurate, that there might be a better way to view what’s happened to you, as Byron Katie did. Byron not only ended her cycle of depression, she found inexplicable joy which she says she still experiences today.

Imagine choosing to believe that everyone loves you, as I’ve recently done. I can’t tell you how much happier it makes me feel and how much easier life flows.

The ultimate freedom we all share, regardless of our circumstances, is the way we view the world, and that is one freedom no-one can take that away from us. It doesn’t matter if you live in one of the poorest parts of the world, how smart you are, or if you have no-one to support you. You and only you have control over what goes on in your mind.

Denis Waitley says, “If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won’t, you most assuredly won’t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.” But belief isn’t a feeling, it’s taking action. Repeated action towards a goal, or lifestyle, creates a neural pathway in our brains that supports the creation of that outcome.

When I first became interested in personal growth we didn’t know about the brain’s ability to rewire itself, or the power of heart intelligence. We simply acted on faith and that decision enabled me to create a life and achieve goals that many said were impossible.

The only person who lives in your mind is you. You can choose to procrastinate until you are perfect, and it will only slow you down. You can choose to worry about what other people think of you, it will only make you doubt yourself. You can beat yourself up when you make a mistake or blame someone for why your life is the way it is, and you’ll give away your freedom.

Or, you can choose to believe that disappointment is only temporary. That the world is conspiring to support you. That everyone loves you. And that you can have everything you want. Just imagine what a difference you could make with your life if you chose to believe in you, and your dreams?

 

 

Everything will be alright

A couple of weeks ago I was feeling worried about my daughter’s health and her upcoming liver transplant when I received an email from Hay House which I opened on my phone. Instead of opening an email it went straight to an audio of Wayne Dyer’s which I hadn’t heard before. It was only 10 minutes long and his voice sounded slightly different, but very definitely Wayne’s. In this audio he talked about trust and towards the end he said the same sentence over and over again, and that was, “Everything is going to be alright. Everything is being taken care of in every area of your life. Trust. -Everything is going to be alright.”

Later that day I went back to the email to listen to the audio again and I couldn’t find an audio attached. I asked other people to check it out, just in case I missed it, and according to everyone there was no email attached.

I even went so far as to email Hay House and ask, but unfortunately, only got an automatic response. I know I didn’t imagine it, and I don’t have that audio on my phone so I’m taking it as a sign from God.

Whenever I go through a tough time in life, I go back over the ten steps to see if I’m not doing something. Invariably I find there’s some little habit I’ve let slip, recently I noticed how often I complain. That tells me that I am not being congruent. So I’m back to monitoring my thoughts and words.

I also noticed I’ve been feeling resentful, so I’m monitoring that, and doing more to fill my needs. I have only been meditating once a day for a while now, so I’ve returned to twice a day. I’ve changed my values, and I am ensuring that I take 100% responsibility for my life. And I forgive daily and focus on what I’m grateful for.

I wrote my book Love the Life You Live so I would have something I could refer back to any time my life didn’t flow, and I can only say that for me these steps have been invaluable.

Whether you use my work to help you create the life you want, someone else’s, or you have your own routine, it will only work if you embody what you believe in, otherwise it’s just intellectual knowledge. I have had so many people say to me they feel like a fraud, and that happens when we pretend we are something we are not.

None of us are masters. We just have to practise ourselves what we teach and/or believe in and everything will be alright.

Messages of Hope

When Wendy Fitzgerald[1] was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2018, she and her husband left a paver, inscribed with a calendar of dates at the beginning of a local coastal walk. The aim of the paver was to inspire her to keep moving outdoors, and every time she walks up the steps to the walk, she marks off another date.

What started as a personal motivational tool soon received the backing of the community. Two weeks after placing the paver, they discovered trinkets of inspiration left by community members. These came in the form of cards, earrings, rocks with hand written messages. The messages said things like, “We support you”. “You are amazing” and “Hope”. It wasn’t long before they installed a second paver to place some of the trinkets on.

Wendy and her husband Mike were so touched by these messages of love and hope, they commented that most people did not realise just how much they helped. Wendy said that these messages, many of them from people she didn’t even know, inspired her to keep going when things got tough.

Hope doesn’t just happen, it’s a mindset that we cultivate, it’s who we choose to be.

Shavkat Tursunbayev[2] spends his days scouring abandoned buildings in Uzbekistan looking for people who may be infected with TB, a disease he battled. Shavkat was initially infected ten years ago, then re-infected while serving a prison sentence. While undergoing treatment he received support from outreach counsellors, who are supported by Project Hope. Once his health was restored Shavkat decided to help others just as he had been helped, and he joined the multidisciplinary team that had supported him.

When Shavkat finds potential patients he encourages them to get tested and seek treatment. Because he has been through the experience himself, he is non-judgemental and people trust him and feel safe. By having the courage to hope Shavkat turned his own life around, and created a life that is meaningful. He says he loves his work and feels his life has a purpose. He has become a highly respected member of the outreach team.

Project Hope was set up in 1958 to provide health and humanitarian support around the globe. Since that time they have provided healthcare for tens of millions in more than 100 countries. Trained 2 million health care workers. Delivered $2 billion in medicine and supplies.

Organisations such as this do such wonderful work but we don’t need to be a large organisation to inspire others. Hope is the gift we give ourselves. By demonstrating hope in our daily lives we become positive role models and our actions can inspire others. Hope provides us with a rock solid foundation on which to build a happy life.

St Ignatius said, “Pray as if God will take care of all; act as if all is up to you.” Such a powerful way to live.

 

[1] Manly Daily, September 8 2018

[2] https://www.projecthope.org/